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Obesity and Men’s Health

The truth is that obesity is dangerous.

Obesity has a direct impact on men’s health, disease risk, and cancer.

How does being overweight affect my chances for cancer?
It’s hard to pinpoint one reason over another on why cancer is associated with being overweight.

The American Cancer Society posted that it may be due to how excess fat changes your hormone levels, induces inflammation, changes your immune system’s function, or affects how you regulate cell growth.

How does being overweight affect my risk for disease?
When your body is larger than normal, or contains more fat than normal, a few things happen:

The excess fat in your body can build up in different areas. If it builds up around the liver, then fatty liver disease can occur. If it builds in the rib cage and the passageways of the lungs, then the lungs cannot expand fully and the airways are narrower, causing asthma. If it builds up in your arteries then cardiovascular disease occurs.

Your blood pressure increases whenever your heart has to work harder to send blood around your body. Fat around the heart can cause this, but even physically having a larger body can cause your blood pressure to increase. High blood pressure increases your risk for stroke (or when blood flow doesn’t reach the brain momentarily, causing brain cells to die).

There are other diseases that are linked with obesity and are interlinked with other diseases, which can compound the disease risk that is associated with obesity.

How does being overweight affect men-specific health?
Obesity is tightly-associated with low testosterone levels. Low testosterone levels can cause a myriad of health issues like increasing risk for type 2 diabetes, changing sleep patterns, reducing muscle mass, worsening sleep apnea, negatively affecting sexual health, and more.